HomeSchool Academy: Fall 2022

Join Zoo Atlanta for a morning of learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students! 

HomeSchool Academy is a two-hour program that allows students to explore animal and science concepts in an engaging, interactive environment. Programs are grade-appropriate and include hands-on, minds-on activities and Zoo tours that hone students’ STEM skillsets in a collaborative environment. Each month, students will build upon concepts to create a deep understanding of the topic being studied.   

GRADE LEVEL THEMES:

Turtles, birds and pandas are not as different as you may think! They, along with all other animals, share the same basic needs. Join us as we travel around the world visiting various animals in the Zoo while learning about their needs to succeed.

Register for K-2nd

Disgusting diets, secreting skin, and the scoop on poop! Join us as we explore the biology and purpose of different animals and their behaviors – behaviors we may consider “gross,” but which are actually important to their survival. Learn how these appalling attributes help animals fulfill their roles in the ecosystem.

Register for 3rd-5th

Where did the idea for a unicorn originate? What's the difference between a dragon and a Komodo dragon? Join us as we make observations and investigate Zoo animals to compare and contrast living creatures and creatures that capture our imaginations.

Register for 6th-8th

Have you ever seen a creature from a science fiction movie and thought it looked a bit like a real animal? Join us as we dive deeper into some iconic film creatures and figure out their origins. What can we learn about these “fake” animals? Could these creatures realistically survive in the ecosystem in which they were scripted?

Register for 9th-12th


September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

$120 per semester or $30 per program  

$100 per semester or $30 per program 


PARTICIPANT SAFETY POLICIES  

  • Face masks are highly recommended but are not required for this program.
  • We ask all participants to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they have been in contact with a COVID-positive individual in the past 2 weeks.
  • The Zoo will provide sanitation materials for participant use, including hand sanitizer, sanitation wipes, and disinfectant spray.

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP 

  • Drop-off and pick-up will occur via the Education Conservation Gate of the Zoo. 
  • The Education Conservation Gate is located in the south (right-hand) corner of the Cherokee Avenue parking lot.  
  • At Drop-off, parents will be given a printed check-out number for their children, which is required of anyone picking up your child. Please place this number on a visible part of your car’s dashboard during check-out. For your child’s safety, we will not release your child unless the appropriate check-out number is provided at check-out. If your child will be picked up by someone else, the number can be written on a piece of paper and be presented at check-out.   
  • Students must be dropped off and picked-up by a parent or guardian. 
  • Procedures for Pick-up and drop-off
    • Enter the Cherokee Avenue parking lot by the historic cannons. Go to the right and follow the traffic cones to the Conservation Education Gate and enter the queue for both drop-off and pick-up. 
    • At drop-off, an instructor will greet your child and help him/her from the car. Do not drop off a child without checking in properly with the education staff.  
    • During check-out, a staff member will relay the Check-Out Number from your dashboard to the educators to prepare your child for check-out.  
    • For the safety of children, parents, and staff, please remain in your vehicle during drop-off and pick-up.  
    • Participants arriving late must use the call box outside of the Education Conservation Gate to call Security. 
    • If you choose to stay on Zoo grounds, parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. These are public parking lots and are owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by AAA Parking. Rates will be $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day. 

REGISTRATION 

  • Advance registration is required.  
  • Payment in full is required at the time of registration.  
  • Online digital waiver must be signed prior the first day of the semester.   
  • Walk-up registrations are not accepted.  

CANCELLATION AND NO-SHOW POLICY 

  • Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.  
  • Refunds will not be issued for individual missed days of the program.  
  • Cancellations received 2 or more weeks prior to the program start date will receive a full refund.  
  • Cancellation received 2 weeks or less prior to the program start date will result in a loss of 50% of total cost of the cancelled reservation. 
  • Programs are rain-or-shine. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, in which case the Zoo will notify participants of the cancellation as soon as possible prior to the program. If this happens, a full refund will be issued for the cancelled day. We will do our best to reschedule in the event of a cancelled program, but rescheduling is not guaranteed.  

Call 404.624.5822 with questions or email education@zooatlanta.org.

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